Rouhier: Bruins' Marchand is a 'punk'

Ben Krimmel
January 11, 2019 - 12:43 pm

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The Washington Capitals own the Boston Bruins.

With a 4-2 win Thursday night, the Caps have now won 14-straight games over the Bruins. 

But one of the stories of the game was Brad Marchand, a noted NHL pest, turning down the opportunity to scrap with Caps forward Lars Eller. In the team's previous encounter, Marchand took a few shots at Eller after the Bruins deemed Eller's goal celebration overzealous for a 7-0 game. 

"Lars Eller tried to fight Brad Marchand last night," Grant Paulsen said on 106.7 The Fan Friday, "Brad Marchand was unwilling. Because? Well, he's Brad Marchand. He'll only fight when Lars Eller is unsuspecting and he can jump him." 

After the game Eller said, "Obviously he didn't want any part of it." 

"Everybody saw what he is,” Eller said of Marchand. “I don’t think there’s a lot of integrity in his game.”

Danny Rouhier agreed with Eller's assessment of Marchand: "What a punk that dude is."

"He's a punk, good player, but he's a punk," Rouhier said. "If you do that sort of stuff and you can't play (well), I get why you're in the league. If you're good and you do that crap, I hate your guts." 

When asked if he was satisfied with the exchange, Eller said, "I would have rather fought him, but can't fight a guy that doesn't want to fight."

Marchand's response: “I haven’t looked at the stat sheet, but I really don’t feel like I need to prove anything. He plays maybe 10 to 12 minutes a night, and I’m playing 20. In a 1-0 game and to go on a power play, it doesn’t make sense.”

For the record: Eller plays 17 minutes per night and scored the goal which won the Capitals the Stanley Cup

And, by the way, Alex Ovechkin netted two goals to push his total to 32 on the season. And with his 639 goals and 532 assists, Ovi passed Bobby Hull for sole possession of 50th place on the NHL's all-time points list.

Ovi also dumped Bruins captain Zdeno Chára into the bench. 

Another successful night against Boston for Washington.

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